Unformatted text preview: Inactive Adults Inactive adults or those who don’t yet do 150 minutes of physical activity a week should work gradually toward this goal. The initial amount of activity should be at a light or moderate intensity, for short periods of time, with the sessions spread throughout the week. The good news is that “some is better than none.” People gain some health benefits even when they do as little as 60 minutes a week of moderate- intensity aerobic physical activity. To reduce risk of injury, it is important to increase the amount of physical activity gradually over a period of weeks to months. For example, an inactive person could start with a walking program consisting of 5 minutes of slow walking several times each day, 5 to 6 days a week. The length of time could then gradually be increased to 10 minutes per session, 3 times a day, and the walking speed could be increased slowly. Muscle-strengthening activities should also be gradually increased over time. Initially, these activities Muscle-strengthening activities should also be gradually increased over time....
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- Fall '10
- physical activity, Physical exercise